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Old 01-18-2019, 01:06 PM   #46
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Two Definitions of "Freedom" — Only One of Them Is Right

January 6 marked the anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s famous 1941 “Four Freedoms” speech, and January 11 marked the anniversary of his 1944 State of the Union address, where he expanded on what he saw as its meaning. That makes this an appropriate time to recognize the cognitive dissonance in FDR’s view of freedom, cited to this day as justification for expanding government power over Americans’ lives.

On the surface, an articulation of multiple freedoms would seem to be consistent with freedom for all. But FDR’s version was not.

The first two of FDR’s “four essential human freedoms” — “freedom of speech and expression” and “freedom of every person to worship God in his own way”—are consistent with freedom for all. Both can be enjoyed universally, because the freedom of one person to speak or worship as he or she chooses does not take away from the same freedom for others. Government need only disallow intrusions on those rights, including by government, the agency with the greatest power to invade citizens’ rights.

In contrast, FDR’s third freedom--“freedom from want”— cannot be similarly general. It commits government to provide some people more goods and services than arise from their voluntary arrangements with others. However, in a world of inescapable scarcity, that commitment by an agency with no resources of its own, but only what it commandeers from its own citizens, must necessarily constrict others’ equal freedom to enjoy the fruits of their self-ownership and productive efforts through voluntary cooperation with others. That is, such a freedom is unavoidably at odds with freedom for all.

Similarly, FDR’s fourth freedom — “freedom from fear…that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor,” seems unobjectionable on the surface. After all, protecting citizens from foreign aggression is a central role of government. However, it ignores similar abuses at the hands of their own government, which history is replete with. In particular, since FDR’s third freedom requires government aggression against its citizens to get the required resources for its “benevolence,” his “freedom from fear” omits the most significant agency citizens need fear when it comes to their freedom. It also ignores any serious understanding of the Bill of Rights, the “Thou shalt nots” designed to disallow such violations by our government.

FDR’s “Four Freedoms” rhetoric dramatically changed the meaning of freedom into something inconsistent with freedom for all Americans. And that same distortion has continued to this day. Consequently, we must remember that the central, universally-held freedom our founders sought to guarantee was, as Ludwig von Mises summarized it, “freedom from the government…the restriction of the government’s interference.” It creates no positive claim on the beneficence of government (i.e., forced charity from others), but preserves freedom from government dictation, broadening the canvas for peaceful, voluntary arrangements that respect everyone’s rights. Unfortunately, those on whom such burdens are imposed are simply ignored when “freedoms” that are inconsistent with general freedom are declared.

Freedom is a wonderful and inspiring word, full of hope and possibilities. But it has been manipulated to mean something that reduces general freedom—expanding some freedoms for some people, by taking away the equal freedom of others. A host of abuses have found a foothold in that cognitive dissonance, diminishing the best hope and greatest possibilities for society. That is why improving our potential for mutual advancement depends on the rediscovery of a consistent understanding of freedom as universal freedom from government coercion, not something for nothing promises that force nothing for something onto others.

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Media acknowledged ‘epic’ border crisis under Obama – what changed?

News outlets readily described a “crisis” at the border under then-President Barack Obama when he sought funding to deal with a surge of migrants, many of them women and children -- but now that President Trump is in the White House, the mainstream media seem far more reluctant to use the word.

Back in the summer of 2014, the headlines and stories referring to the C-word were plentiful as the border surge was taken seriously along the Acela corridor.


The Washington Post wrote in 2014, “White House requests $3.7 billion in emergency funds for border crisis,” while CNN published a feature, “Daniel's journey: How thousands of children are creating a crisis in America.” It described a problem of "epic proportions."

Around the same time, the Huffington Post declared that “photos of the humanitarian crisis” along the southern border were “shocking,” and ABC News reported that Obama requested “$3.7 billion to cope with the humanitarian crisis on the border and the spike in illegal crossings by unaccompanied minors from Central America.”

The ABC News story, “Obama's Plans for $3.7 Billion Immigration Crisis Funds,” included a photo of detainees sleeping in “holding cells” at an Arizona placement center. In June 2014, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell said that undocumented children flooding the border were “creating a crisis” for authorities.

Many of these articles were highlighted in an email blast from the Republican National Committee, which is actively backing Trump's bid to draw attention to the surging migration flow along the border as the president seeks funding for a border wall -- with the government partially shut down amid the impasse. The RNC argued the media are challenging Trump's descriptions, and Democrats outright call it a "manufactured" crisis, at a time when the problem has only grown worse, by some measures.

“The hypocrisy, unfortunately, is no longer stunning. It's utterly predictable,” The Hill media guru Joe Concha told Fox News.

Concha said much of America’s political media “is pre-conditioned to oppose anything the president supports,” with the coverage of the immigration fight the latest example.

“For years, we heard about how horrible it was for U.S. troops to be in places like Syria or Afghanistan. Trump proposes pulling them out, and suddenly they're for keeping them there,” Concha said. “Same thing with the border.”

Forbes was brief and to the point on Thursday, publishing a headline: “There is no border crisis.”

Vox wrote, “The real crisis is that Trump has no idea what he’s doing," while Houston's ABC affiliate declared that border communities are not willing to accept Trump's "crisis" label.

The Washington Post’s political correspondent Dan Balz penned an analysis headlined, “Trump used the Oval Office to try to create a border crisis.” The New York Times tweeted, “President Trump is set to travel to Texas to address a crisis on the Mexican border that Democrats say does not exist.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday that Trump is working to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration."

Speaking Wednesday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez echoed Schumer’s language. "This whole border security crisis … it really, I believe, is a manufactured crisis,” he said.

"Democrats, with the aid of a duplicitous mainstream media, now call the very positions they held as recently as a couple of years ago ‘racist’ or ‘bigoted’ or ‘xenophobic,’" conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News. "They accuse the president of acting like a tyrant and a fascist for the exact same policies Obama carried out. They deny a crisis at the border after they themselves claimed there was one."

Trump has repeatedly pointed out that Democrats used to support border security measures, including projects that included barriers -- though Obama did not push for an expansive and comprehensive border wall as Trump is. In making his case Thursday, he tweeted a clip of Obama's immigration warnings.

“Sen. Schumer advocated for five times the funding for border security that included wall expansion less than five years ago. Not a peep from the media. Today, Schumer does a 180 and gets a get-out-of-jail free card,” Concha said.
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Defending a Venezuelan Homestead: “Eventually people will come for what you have”

Note from Daisy: If you aren’t aware, a short time before the collapse became evident, the Venezuelan government confiscated all the guns from people. This left the population disarmed and vulnerable. In this article, Jose discusses some of the very real dangers of being at a rural homestead and ways to defend yourself if you do not have a gun.
by J.G. Martinez D.

My cousins there in the open country of Venezuela tell me that nights are dark. The government cut the power, and hungry people use this to go to the farms and see what they can steal.

Don’t rely on your elaborate systems too much.

I must tell you that those who rely on power and water off-the-grid, are wrong. Use it while you have it, but plan for when you stop having it. You will not be able to get supplies for your systems.

Oversize your systems; use industrial and heavy duty equipment. If you can afford buying some additional meters of extra pipe and have storage space, do it. It won´t rot and can be very useful. Design with time. Learn to get pleasure from customizing your designs, and discuss it with your family and like-minded friends over a couple of beers. I used to do this with my dad and we both enjoyed it a lot. I miss him.

The quality of the tap water is……similar to what you could get in a third-world nation. Not surprising. Therefore, I would not recommend you tie yourself to replaceable filters. Use the kind of filter that could be cleaned properly with a hard brush if needed. I would invest in UV lamps for the sterilizer and direct the money to a good quality battery pack.

A crossbow is a fine investment

I mention this because, on my wish list back in the homeland, there was a good, simple, and robust crossbow with a sight and a night vision scope. Maybe even three or four would be better, just in case. Use a tall tree for a camouflaged surveillance post, and leave the crossbow there with enough arrows to make a real mess in a roving band.

Don’t get rid of that smartphone just yet, even if you have no service. Just invest in a good waterproof case and an IR heat tracing device that you may fix to it, perhaps a new battery, and you will have a wonderful device for night-watching that should last for a few years if cared for properly.

If you are skilled enough, I would suggest you try to make your own crossbow and arrows. I am not especially gifted for handcrafting, but if I have to repair my crossbow and my life and my beloved ones’ lives depend on that… you get it.

A simple sheet of 3-4mm or thinner steel will give you plenty of tips. You can store them also, and they are cheap, too. Oil them and they won’t rust. So making your own even if you are a couch potato (like me, sometimes, at least LOL) will provide you with an additional edge. No thief that is trespassing on your property at night is aware that an arrow will cross the night silently to get stuck in a tree one or 2 meters away from their chest. It should work as a deterrent, and a very good one. Worst case scenario, this will make them much more aggressive the next time they decide to trespass, and you should be prepared to respond accordingly.

Eventually, people will come for what you have.

This is no joke.

There could be a lot of people, even people you know. They will have watched what you have, or what they think you have, and sure as heck they have had time to plan, and decide. Among them, it is very likely that you could have met them in a nearby town, and even had some light chat. I know that some farms have been attacked after some intel has been collected.

This is not uncommon. It happens in places like Colombia all the time, where rich coffee farmers suffer kidnappings and stuff. It’s only a matter of time until Crime Inc. (Castro’s maybe?) decided to “export” their modus operandi to Venezuela.

Chances are that after the first successful trespassing, next time they decide to get a little more. The only possible defense against this… is numbers and silent, dangerous long distance weapons that don’t use powder and are untraceable.

I have been informed of people in numbers of 12, 15, or even 20 persons storming a place.

The invaders don´t need other weapons for this if their gang is big enough: stones and sticks are enough. Young, hungry, but still strong, they will come at night, take what they can. Oh, and remember, this is the Caribbean tropics, so they have very sharp machetes. And being country laborers and workers, they know how to swing them pretty well. Something to consider.

If you have numbers enough, and a silent alarm system is in place, drills have been done… a small compound can make a mess of a decent amount of night attackers. The most dangerous approach someone can do, is going at someone’s door in the middle of the night. Even in regular times, it is something very stupid to do, because good people don’t come at night.

The real problem comes afterwards.

It’s not like the movies. You repel the attack, the guys run leaving behind trails of blood and stuff. You still have to live THERE. Perhaps with women, elders, children, perhaps someone ill, injured or disabled – and now there are a good number of “neighbors” (the bad kind) all p***ed off and humiliated.

Because that is how the criminal thinks: if someone stops them, they FEEL humiliation. This makes them angry. This makes them even more dangerous. They have plenty of time to plan another attack, though.

What you can do to avoid it, is something that everyone has to resolve on their own. I would leave some stuff in their path, something enough for them to consider a success. Next time, they would find something less…with a note. Perhaps some crossed long bones that mimic human ones or something creative.

Let’s say 20 persons, 5 of them with edged weapons, and your defense line is just 7 persons, including perhaps some teenagers that can’t re-cock the crossbow. Using 3 crossbows for each person, the attack can be avoided. It is going to be a mess, but you will survive to tell the story. If just 3 of the 7 men (or women, or grandpa/grandma) of the defense team can re-cock a couple of crossbows for the younger, it is a very good tactical advantage. Go with a very simple cocking mechanism, and make sure the cords used are abundant, and perhaps even able to be hand made with ancient techniques.

Why do I write about this now?

Because these are the types of things some of my extended family still there are facing. Their protein intake has become much lower because the roving bands are desperately looking for meat and poultry. If things go so bad that one is able to get into the property of someone they know face to face, in the middle of the night, and with a sharpened machete… it should not be so difficult to shoot an arrow, if your kids are in the panic room shaking in fear, don’t you think? Use some light armor, provided some of your members are young, and agile (not like me), and get closer than what you need.

This is why I identified those IR devices as being very useful for this kind of night operation. They could even record some footage if needed for further investigation if some kind of law enforcement team is operating.

I designed all of this after contacting them and asking them how things are around their place: a farmer’s town where everyone used to know each other.

Less than 2000 population. Peaceful and quiet. Until now.

People will do anything to survive.

We have to be ready for that, not just in our equipment selection. In our minds.

A bad choice is something that we will have to face for the rest of our lives. I know.

Thanks for your support fellows, and your encouraging comments.

Be safe, and may the good Lord bless you all.

About Jose

Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has a small 4 members family, plus two cats and a dog. An old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Thanks to your help Jose has gotten his family out of Venezuela. They are currently setting up a new life in another country. paypal.me/JoseM151


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I'm not gonna post this whole mess of a thing. I don't even know where to start but to say this is the type of Libertarian drivel you get from divorcing philosophy from economics and politics.

One of the sad things here is it's from a site called Radical Capitalist which is a philosophically "stolen concept" as it come's from Ayn Rand calling herself a radical capitalist and she most definitely did not advocate any such thing.

There is much more written, I just don't know where to start.

White Nationalism is the Surest Path to a Libertarian Social Order

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Whether it’s ancient Ireland (See also For A New Liberty pages 286-290), Medieval Iceland, the Middle Ages in Europe (See also From Aristocracy, to Monarchy, to Democracy), the so called “Wild” West in 19th Century America, or the modern day principality of Liechtenstein it is no coincidence that history’s closest approximations to a genuinely libertarian social order have all manifested in super-majority (~90% or more) White nations.

Of course, exploring the relationship between the “Whiteness” of a population and its predisposition to libertarian or laissez-faire capitalist values/principles is considered utterly taboo in this present era of “social justice” (i.e. in the Cultural Marxist sense of the phrase). In spite of this, however, an investigation of this type is more critical now than ever due to the artificial and deliberate demographic decline and displacement of Whites in their own countries coupled with the mass influx of 3rd world immigrants to the West. This demographic overhaul threatens not only the foundations of Western civilization, but the very distinctiveness and survival of Whites as a people. The thesis set forth is simple, the more White a society is, then (ceteris paribus) the more amenable it will be to establishing a proper libertarian social order. Conversely, if Whites are extinguished (whether by miscegenation, below replacement birth rates, displacement, and/or mass murder), then any viable chance of establishing, let alone sustaining, a libertarian social order will die along with them.

Lastly, it is important to note that the thesis of this essay in no way implies that achieving a libertarian social order is more important than restoring White homelands. The restoration of White homelands has many salutary effects beyond enabling the creation of a libertarian legal system, however the exploration of these additional merits falls outside the scope of the current work.

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Older Democrats are so busy ‘resisting,’ they’ve let fiery young progressives shape the party’s future.
By Fred Barnes
Jan. 22, 2019 7:01 p.m. ET


The strategy of “resistance” to President Trump has been a disaster for Democrats. They’ve denied Mr. Trump the money for a wall on the border with Mexico but lost ground on just about everything else—notably on taxes, health care and the environment.

By insisting on a blanket refusal to compromise with the president, Democrats played into Republican hands. Fury over Mr. Trump’s election got the better of them. All Republicans needed to do—while in control of Congress and the White House for the past two years—was stay united. And that’s what they did.

Tax reform was a special catastrophe for Democrats. Their losses were more sweeping than either party had imagined possible. In the Senate, Democrats called for a bipartisan tax bill. But they required Republicans not to use “reconciliation” to pass the bill with only 51 votes. The GOP controlled the Senate 52-48 at the time.

The Democrats’ proposal wasn’t serious. Rejecting it, Republicans took full advantage of the free hand Democrats had foolishly left them. They attacked Democratic sacred cows like the deduction for state and local taxes, which hit wealthy blue states the hardest. It’s a deduction President Reagan had tried but failed to kill in the 1980s.

No Republican was more thrilled than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by the opportunity Democrats had handed the party. “This is much better” than the tax reform measure passed in 1986, he told me. The 2017 version was “much more stimulative because we did not do it on a bipartisan basis. . . . We were kind of able to do it our way.”

Republicans were emboldened beyond their wildest dreams. They eliminated the individual mandate in ObamaCare that penalized taxpayers for failing to obtain health insurance. And the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a barren region that Democrats treated like an environmental treasure, was opened for oil and gas drilling.

No one knows how Democrats might have changed the bill. But there’s a strong possibility the health-insurance mandate would have survived and ANWR would have remained off-limits. Also, the “carried interest” tax loophole might have been erased and the corporate tax rate set several notches above the 21% enacted by Congress.

What keeps Democrats in the mood for resistance after two years? Mr. Trump has become a fixation. No one arouses their opposition the way he does. Democrats are like those Trump-loathing columnists who can’t write about anyone but the president. They’re obsessed with Mr. Trump.

The president fuels their mania daily. So does the media. It seemed excessive when Fox News began running his speeches live during the 2016 campaign. But the ratings were great and other networks began showing much more of him, including the speeches. Mr. Trump had seized center stage and never relinquished it. Democrats continue to fume.

Mr. Trump does things to keep the media, and thus Democrats, on his case. He fights back. He counterpunches harder than he’s been hit. Speaker Nancy Pelosi should have known she couldn’t get away with postponing his State of the Union address. Yet his counterpunch caught her by surprise.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer denounced the president’s cancellation of Mrs. Pelosi’s military plane to Afghanistan: “It’s petty. It’s small. It’s vindictive.” True, but it was also funny. Mr. Trump specializes in making fun of his foes.

Mr. Trump stirs controversy on purpose and for the same reason he fights back and ridicules those he dislikes: He wants attention. At an early campaign event, he claimed John McCain wasn’t a hero in Vietnam because he was imprisoned in Hanoi after his plane was shot down. The remark got enormous press play.

Democrats are as appalled by Mr. Trump as ever and remain committed to the resistance. And now they believe they have him in their clutches. They won the House in the midterm elections and intend to drop subpoenas like confetti. They are eager to force Trump officials to testify on Capitol Hill.

In Washington in 2019, hearings are likely to dominate the news. They will cover much of the Trump territory that special counsel Robert Mueller has investigated, plus a whole lot more. But Mr. Mueller does his work in private and House hearings are usually public. This means Democrats are likely to be in attack mode.

Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is eager to investigate how Mr. Trump won the lease to the building in downtown Washington that became the Trump International Hotel. That occurred in 2013, when the president was a private citizen.

Mr. DeFazio wants to know if General Services Administration lawyers failed to consider possible conflicts of interest when the lease was left in the hotel’s hands after Mr. Trump was inaugurated. Or if it’s a violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause for the hotel to take money from foreign governments.

These are small matters, but the fixation with Mr. Trump extends far. GSA didn’t answer Mr. DeFazio’s questions last year, and he’s still angry. “Now I’m the chairman, and I’m re-submitting those and supplementing those questions,” he told Politico. “I look forward to their response, and I have tools if they won’t.”

With party leaders focused on Mr. Trump, young progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have taken on the task of making the party more left-wing. She “has had the uncommon ability for a first-year member of Congress to push the debate inside the Democratic party to the left,” the New York Times reported last week.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s talk of a 70% marginal tax rate on the highest incomes, a “Green New Deal” to replace fossil fuels within 10 years, and abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has attracted media attention and favorable comments from Democratic presidential candidates. Yet these are radical ideas unlikely to help the party win in 2020.

Older Democrats haven’t stopped Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive allies from becoming a significant force in shaping their party’s future. They’ve been too busy resisting Mr. Trump.

Mr. Barnes was a founder and executive editor of the Weekly Standard.
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I'm not gonna post this whole mess of a thing. I don't even know where to start but to say this is the type of Libertarian drivel you get from divorcing philosophy from economics and politics.

One of the sad things here is it's from a site called Radical Capitalist which is a philosophically "stolen concept" as it come's from Ayn Rand calling herself a radical capitalist and she most definitely did not advocate any such thing.

There is much more written, I just don't know where to start.

White Nationalism is the Surest Path to a Libertarian Social Order
Pretty standard pro-socialism propaganda.

Everything regarding individualism, self reliance, and independance from government is evil. Only the government stands between us and us becoming the Fourth Reich. Because, you know....doesn't every American deep down want to be a nazi?
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Two very good current event Op-Eds from Reason...

Unpaid TSA and FBI Agents Don't Deserve Your Sympathy
The outpouring of emotional and material support for federal workers during the shutdown is understandable, but mistaken.

The partial shutdown of the federal government is entering its second month, with few signs that it will end anytime soon. Continuing right along with it is the national outpouring of sympathy and material support for the some 800,000 federal workers who've either been furloughed or forced to work without pay.

That's been most evident in the one-company town of Washington, D.C., where businesses have been giving away everything from free pizza and beet burgers to heavily discounted microbrews that get cheaper the longer the government shutdown goes on.

Outside the Beltway, state governments are starting to pitch in. In Connecticut, furloughed feds can now apply for zero-interest loans during the shutdown. The Oregon legislature is drafting a bill that would extend eligibility for unemployment benefits to these same folks, while the coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, is waiving their water and sewage bills.

Average citizens are donating free food to TSA agents around the country, while A-list celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi and Gene Simmons have said agents could eat for free at their respective restaurant chains.

This outpouring of sympathy is perfectly understandable on a human level: People are losing out on pay through no real fault of their own, forcing many families to ask how they're going to pay for rent or needed medical care. The unfairness is particularly rankling for the 10,000 air traffic controllers who're being forced to work a demanding, crucial job without being paid.

And yet none of that very real pain erases the fact that we are seeing an incredible outpouring of grief over something private sector workers have to contend with everyday, and who are not guaranteed backpay once the federal government gets itself together. Worse still, this charity is being directed at people whose current jobs—pay or no—are often unnecessary, ineffectual, or even actively harmful.

That's true of the FBI agents, who're fretting that they're less able to entrap people during the shutdown thanks to their snitches having been furloughed.

It's even more true for TSA agents, who are both incredibly ineffectual even when they're being paid in full (the agency's fail rate at catching contraband hovers somewhere between 80 and 95 percent) and whose job requires the violation of the flying public's privacy and dignity on a daily basis.

To be sure, forcing people to work without pay is a pretty messed up thing to do, even if the underlying job is bogus.

Nevertheless, the solution we should be embracing isn't restoring these professional molesters' compensation to 100 percent, but rather to fire all of them, and turn over security to more capable, less handsy private contractors—or, in the case of bureaucrats at the Department of Education, abandoning the work they do altogether.

Instead, the hyper-partisan attitudes the government shutdown has evoked have seen an increasing number of people lionize them, while ignoring a more fundamental question of whether some of these workers should be on the federal payroll in the first place.

Public sector unions are trying to recast an attack on workers everywhere, while labor activists argue in the opinion pages of The New York Times that TSA agents could kickstart a new wave of working class activism. Over at The Seattle Times, columnist Danny Westneat wonders aloud if "the humble TSA agent" could be the key to saving democracy.

The contrast between this near deification of TSA agents and the reality of their jobs is glaring, and hopefully short-lived. Nevertheless, it servers as a reminder of just how overtly political—and misplaced—all the thoughts, prayers, and free pizza flowing toward federal workers really are.

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/25/u...erve-your-symp
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Air Safety Is Important. We Shouldn't Let Politics Put It at Risk

Employees of the American aviation industry warned this week that the government shutdown poses "unprecedented" risks for air travel in the United States. In a joint statement released Wednesday by unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants, employees said that "staffing in our air traffic control facilities is already at a 30-year low and controllers are only able to maintain the system's efficiency and capacity by working overtime, including 10-hour days and 6-day workweeks at many of our nation's busiest facilities." Transportation Security Agency (TSA) employees are also working overtime without pay, and many have called in sick during the shutdown so that they can work other jobs.

Aviation unions are right to call attention to possibly increased risks to aviation safety (air traffic control) and security (checkpoint screening) due to controllers and screeners going for long periods without pay.

This is not because of any malfeasance on the part of these employees. Instead, it is a predictable consequence of increasing fatigue brought about by working excessive overtime and the stress of not getting paid. Overtime is occurring as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration, respectively, attempt to cope with staffers calling in sick, or—in the case of some controllers—deciding to retire, rather than continuing on without paychecks or enough fellow workers.

It is unconscionable that these vital safety and security functions are at risk from the growing trend of federal government shutdowns. In the case of air traffic control, about 60 other countries have de-politicized air traffic control, removing this vital function from the government budget by setting it up as a self-supporting corporate entity—generally either a government corporation or a nonprofit, private corporation. Fees and charges paid by aircraft operators provide a reliable revenue stream; so reliable that larger air traffic control companies like those of Canada and the U.K. issue investment-grade revenue bonds to pay for modernizing their technology and facilities—something the FAA can only dream about.

Regarding airport security, Canada and most countries in Europe couple national performance standards and regulation with screening by government-vetted security companies. While those companies are paid either by the airports they serve or by the national government (as in Canada), the security companies have a strong reputational interest in keeping their service operating at 100 percent, even if government is late making payments to them. The two dozen U.S. airports, such as San Francisco International, that are allowed to use screening companies have been operating normally during the federal shutdown, with the screeners receiving normal paychecks from the companies.

In other words, we know how to insulate vital aviation safety and security functions from the vagaries of the federal budget. When is Congress going to get serious about fixing this very serious problem?

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Malcolm X on Property, Integration, and Economic Independence
01/25/2019 José Niño

With another Martin Luther King Day come and gone, we were reminded that the views of King are regarded as the model for the "civil rights movement."

Some of this is merited, of course. King stood up to governments that used state force, via Jim Crow laws to mandate segregation and violate property rights.

Unfortunately, not all of King's views on property and economic independence were equally enlightened.

For a start, King was no friend of markets. In 33 Question About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, Tom Woods uncovered a speech King gave to his staff revealing his disapproval:

You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars…. [W]e are treading in difficult waters, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong… with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.

But King wasn’t working alone in the civil rights movement. While far less remembered and honored today, Malcolm X provided a far different and more radical view of how to achieve more independence and prosperity for historically disadvantaged groups.

Choosing Markets Over Forced Integration

Libertarian rapper Eric July produced an excellent video explaining Malcolm X’s philosophy when contrasted to MLK’s vision of forced integration. Malcolm X recognized the power of capitalism, and saw it as a means of advancing the community.

July highlights an interview with Eleanor Fischer in which Malcolm X called forced integration hypocritical and understood the flaws of its involuntary nature:

Well, any form of integration, forced integration, any effort to force integration upon whites is actually hypocritical. It is a form of hypocrisy involved. If a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that’s brotherhood. But if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that’s not brotherhood, that’s hypocrisy. And what America is trying to do is pass laws to force whites to pretend that they want Negroes into their schools or in their places of employment. Well, this is hypocrisy, and this makes a worse relationship between black and white, rather than if this could be brought about on a voluntary basis.

He then expanded on the flaws of MLK’s forced integration strategy when the topic of the Montgomery Bus Boycott came up:

I don’t think having an opportunity to ride either at the front or the back or the middle of someone else’s bus does not dignify you. When you have your own bus, then you have dignity. When you have your own school, you have dignity. When you have own your own country, you have dignity. When you have something of your own, you have dignity.

But whenever you are begging for a chance to participate in that which belongs to someone else, or use that which belongs to someone else, on an equal basis with the owner, that’s not dignity, that’s ignorance.


Malcolm X also critiqued the sit-in strategies civil rights activists employed and insisted that blacks build their own economic institutions instead:

Instead of the negro leaders having the black man begging for a chance to dine in white restaurants, the negro leaders should be showing the black man to do something to strengthen his own economy, to give himself an independent economy, or to provide job opportunities for himself. Not begging for a cup of coffee in a white man’s restaurant.

In sum, Malcolm X was not interested in forced integration and focused his energies toward black economic self-sufficiency. It did not matter to him if blacks had to live separately from whites, as long as each community did not infringe on the rights of others.

He drew examples from the Japanese and Chinese communities in the U.S. to drive this point home:

When you are equal with another person, the problem of integration doesn’t even arise. It doesn’t come up. The Chinese in this country aren’t asking for integration. The Japanese aren’t asking for integration. The only minority in America that’s asking for integration is the so-called Negro, primarily because he is inferior, not inherently inferior, but he’s economically, socially, politically inferior. And this exists because he has never tried to stand on his own two feet and do something for himself. He has filled the role of a beggar.

For these reasons, among others, Murray Rothbard praised Malcolm X describing him as a “great black leader” and acknowledged that Malcolm X’s black nationalism was “a lot more libertarian than the compulsory integration pushed by King, the NAACP, and white liberals.”

https://mises.org/power-market/malco...c-independence
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01/25/2019 José Niño

With another Martin Luther King Day come and gone, we were reminded that the views of King are regarded as the model for the "civil rights movement."

Some of this is merited, of course. King stood up to governments that used state force, via Jim Crow laws to mandate segregation and violate property rights.

Unfortunately, not all of King's views on property and economic independence were equally enlightened.

For a start, King was no friend of markets. In 33 Question About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, Tom Woods uncovered a speech King gave to his staff revealing his disapproval:

You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars…. [W]e are treading in difficult waters, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong… with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.

But King wasn’t working alone in the civil rights movement. While far less remembered and honored today, Malcolm X provided a far different and more radical view of how to achieve more independence and prosperity for historically disadvantaged groups.

Choosing Markets Over Forced Integration

Libertarian rapper Eric July produced an excellent video explaining Malcolm X’s philosophy when contrasted to MLK’s vision of forced integration. Malcolm X recognized the power of capitalism, and saw it as a means of advancing the community.

July highlights an interview with Eleanor Fischer in which Malcolm X called forced integration hypocritical and understood the flaws of its involuntary nature:

Well, any form of integration, forced integration, any effort to force integration upon whites is actually hypocritical. It is a form of hypocrisy involved. If a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that’s brotherhood. But if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that’s not brotherhood, that’s hypocrisy. And what America is trying to do is pass laws to force whites to pretend that they want Negroes into their schools or in their places of employment. Well, this is hypocrisy, and this makes a worse relationship between black and white, rather than if this could be brought about on a voluntary basis.

He then expanded on the flaws of MLK’s forced integration strategy when the topic of the Montgomery Bus Boycott came up:

I don’t think having an opportunity to ride either at the front or the back or the middle of someone else’s bus does not dignify you. When you have your own bus, then you have dignity. When you have your own school, you have dignity. When you have own your own country, you have dignity. When you have something of your own, you have dignity.

But whenever you are begging for a chance to participate in that which belongs to someone else, or use that which belongs to someone else, on an equal basis with the owner, that’s not dignity, that’s ignorance.


Malcolm X also critiqued the sit-in strategies civil rights activists employed and insisted that blacks build their own economic institutions instead:

Instead of the negro leaders having the black man begging for a chance to dine in white restaurants, the negro leaders should be showing the black man to do something to strengthen his own economy, to give himself an independent economy, or to provide job opportunities for himself. Not begging for a cup of coffee in a white man’s restaurant.

In sum, Malcolm X was not interested in forced integration and focused his energies toward black economic self-sufficiency. It did not matter to him if blacks had to live separately from whites, as long as each community did not infringe on the rights of others.

He drew examples from the Japanese and Chinese communities in the U.S. to drive this point home:

When you are equal with another person, the problem of integration doesn’t even arise. It doesn’t come up. The Chinese in this country aren’t asking for integration. The Japanese aren’t asking for integration. The only minority in America that’s asking for integration is the so-called Negro, primarily because he is inferior, not inherently inferior, but he’s economically, socially, politically inferior. And this exists because he has never tried to stand on his own two feet and do something for himself. He has filled the role of a beggar.

For these reasons, among others, Murray Rothbard praised Malcolm X describing him as a “great black leader” and acknowledged that Malcolm X’s black nationalism was “a lot more libertarian than the compulsory integration pushed by King, the NAACP, and white liberals.”

https://mises.org/power-market/malco...c-independence
Rothbard was an a anarchist which completely destroyed his credibility but as as many great things as King did he was obviously mistaken on rights.
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Rothbard is the second greatest thinker in the American 20th century.
In fact, without Rothbard, the Libertarian party wouldn't even exist, and neither would the Mises Institute.
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Thank God for that. Where would we be without the contributions of the libertarian party...
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In fact, without Rothbard, the Libertarian party wouldn't even exist, and neither would the Mises Institute.
Who's the other? And I'd be fine if the Libertarian party didn't exist. They are an intellectual abomination.
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